HOW TO PREPARE FOR A BABY SESSION AND A FAMILY SESSION?
You are planning a session with your little one, you want to capture the infant period, the joyful cuddles, smiles and your love… There are a few things you should plan in advance, a few tips you should implement to make your meeting with the photographer nice, pleasant and worth repeating.
COME TO THE SESSION HEALTHY AND WITH A HEALTHY CHILD
Imagine you are feeling weak and have a cold – do you think you will enjoy a photo session in this condition? Will you be able to concentrate and enjoy the encounter? I am afraid not. Children feel the same way, maybe even worse – they don’t react to their parents’ words, the photographer’s taunts and attempts to provoke spontaneous reactions. A session with a sick child never works out and only becomes a cause for frustration and disappointment for all parties.
Remember also that by bringing a sick toddler to your photography session, you are exposing other people to illness. You pose a threat to the health and life of other toddlers who visit the studio on the same or the following day. If your little one is sick, if you don’t feel up to it – cancel or postpone the session. Give yourself a chance to make fond memories of our meeting and a beautiful keepsake for the whole family.
IF YOUR LITTLE ONE IS TEETHING
Most toddlers become grouchy, crying and irritable during the teething period. This may or may not be a difficult time for a photo session. If your child is teething hard, try to change the date of the session or apply a teething soother before the session, such as Gengigel or Dentinox (or, if medically indicated, painkillers and antipyretics).
BE WELL RESTED
Sleep-deprived children are grouchy and quickly tire of dressing up and posing for photos. Plan your session so that it falls after a nap. A well-rested baby is happy to play, smile and be entertained.
FEED THE BABY BEFORE THE BABY OR FAMILY SESSION
For your family session, arrive after a meal so that hunger doesn’t get in the way of fun. Don’t put off the meal until “after you arrive at the studio” as the new location, props and accessories in the studio will distract your little one from eating and make the feeding long and tiring. Bring along small snacks, a small meal, treats that can be used as a reward. This will make it more enjoyable and keep the energy up.
PREPARE FOR THE PHOTO SHOOT IN ADVANCE
Pack grazing clothes, favourite toys, food and drink, hygiene items (nappies, wet wipes etc). Don’t do this at the last minute to avoid stress and introduce a nervous atmosphere before the session. Children can sense their parents’ tension and irritation – so do everything to make the day of the session a day full of positive emotions.
PLEASE DON’T BE LATE FOR YOUR PHOTO SHOOT
Plan your route to the studio – to avoid being late and the nerves involved. Take the time to find a parking space and get to the photographer with your equipment. Your session has been planned for a specific time and we have assumed that it will last a maximum of 2 hours – because, unfortunately, toddlers can be impatient and rarely tolerate a model’s work for more than 2 hours. Being late means that we cut short the duration of the session, thus limiting the chance to create more photos.
If you have any questions – let us know, we will be happy to answer them (CONTACT MARTA PONSKO).